59 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

59 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Monterey
— 16 nights
2
Morro Bay
— 17 nights
3
Santa Barbara
— 25 nights

16
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dennis the Menace Park and Coast Guard Pier. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Pinnacles National Park (in Paicines), Aptos (Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship, &more) and Moss Landing (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Bridges State Beach, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and go for a walk through West Cliff Drive.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Monterey day trip app.

San Diego to Monterey is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Diego in August; daily highs in Monterey reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Aptos, Moss Landing, Carmel Valley, San Juan Bautista
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park

17
nights
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Morro Bay State Park and Morro Rock. Explore Morro Bay's surroundings by going to San Simeon (San Simeon Pier, Piedras Blancas, &more), Cambria (Santa Rosa Catholic Church, Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, &more) and Paso Robles (Opolo Vineyards, Pasolivo Olive Oil, &more). There's lots more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, glide peacefully along the water with Avila Beach Paddlesports, and admire the majestic nature at Montana de Oro State Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Morro Bay online route planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Morro Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Monterey in August, you will find days in Morro Bay are somewhat warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Cambria, San Simeon, Avila Beach
Highlights from your plan
Avila Beach Paddlesports ©
Avila Beach Paddlesports
Morro Bay State Park ©
Morro Bay State Park
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

25
nights
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Cabrillo Bike Path. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Los Olivos (Barbieri Wines, Los Olivos General Store, &more), Santa Ynez (Santa Ynez Wine Trail, Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House, &more) and Solvang (Flag Is Up Farms, Rusack Vineyards, &more). And it doesn't end there: walk around Shoreline Park, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, learn more about the world around you at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Solvang, Lompoc, Carpinteria, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Shoreline Park ©
Shoreline Park
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

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